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City runs Big Music Data workshop at the British Library

Project leader Dr Tillman Weyde and team members ran the Digital Music Lab’s final workshop on 13th March.

Project leader Dr Tillman Weyde and team members ran the final workshop of the Digital Music Lab – Analysing Big Music Data at the British Library on 13th March. This workshop combined presentations of project results with a hands-on experience of Digital Music Lab system for scholars and researchers from across the UK.

The Digital Music Lab provides analysis and visualisation tools for large music collections. Using these tools, music researchers developed insights into collections at the British Library and I Like Music Ltd using a big data approach.

Dr Weyde says it was a rewarding collaborative experience: “We had an exciting workshop on Analysing Big Music Data including a stimulating keynote by Professor Lorna Hughes. The hands-on access to the data and the software we created during the project lead to very positive feedback. The workshop generated some Twitter traffic in the music research community under the hashtag #digitalmusiclab).”

The Digital Music Lab was launched by City, Queen Mary University of London, University College London and the British Library. The £562,901 Digital Music Lab project is sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as part of its £4.6m investment in Big Data. Professor Mark Plumbley and Dr Simon Dixon from Queen Mary's School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science and Professor Stephen Cottrell, Professor Jason Dykes and Dr Emmanouil Benetos from City are also involved in the project and collaborate with co-investigators, Dr Nicholas Gold of University College London and Dr. Aquiles Alencar-Brayner of the British Library.

Big Data

An accumulation of data that is too large and complex for processing by traditional database management tools.

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